Erie Player of the Year: Second Baseman Michael Hollimon
It is officially safe to say that Michael Hollimon has begun fulfilling the high expectations placed on him as a high school senior. After leaving Oral Roberts to turn pro, Hollimon has taken home the TigsTown Oneonta Player of the Year award in 2005, the TigsTown West Michigan Player of the Year Award in 2006, three TigsTown Player of the Month awards, and been named to three separate All-Star Teams. An impressive list for someone selected in the 16th round of the 2005 draft. Despite skipping High-A, Hollimon posted a phenomenal season at AA-Erie, notching a .282/.368/.478 line in 127 games for the Seawolves, and earning a brief call-up to AAA-Toledo at the end of the season. In the end, Hollimon finished the Eastern League campaign by ranking fourth in runs (91), tied for seventh in doubles (34), third in triples (8), tied for ninth in RBI (76), ninth in total bases (225), tenth in walks (64), and finished just outside the League top ten in hits, on-base percentage, slugging, and OPS. On a more obscure note, Hollimon missed his third straight ‘quad-double' season (double digits in doubles, triples, home runs, and steals) in as many seasons, by only two triples; an impressive feat at any level.
EriePitcher of the Year: Starting Pitcher Eddie Bonine
Since joining the organization as a minor league rule five selection, Bonine has largely been considered an innings eater with an interesting repertoire; a solid 88-91 mph fastball and a devastating knuckleball that he throws in the mid-70s. That all changed this year when Bonine put it all together to help lead the Seawolves to the Eastern League playoffs. Eddie's 154-2/3 innings were good enough for second on the team and third in the league, while his 14 wins led the squad and finished second in the circuit. Bonine posted 3.90/1.18 line which ranked fifteenth and first in the league, respectively. In an amazing feat, Eddie walked only 24 batters all season, one less batter than starts made (25) the entire season. His performance earned him a brief call-up to help Toledo with their push towards the playoffs; a start in which he went eight strong innings, giving up only two runs and one walk while earning the win for the ‘Hens.